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Frida Kahlo is an iconic figure for contemporary artists because of her success as a surrealist, and her deeply personal inner journey that she made public through her work and writing as she battled both a life threatening injury from an early age and a heartbreaking relationship with Diego Rivera. Frida's most famous paintings are images of herself. She used her body like a paper doll, placing her politics, her emotions, her travels, on her figure and placing her figure in paintings. She was often times bedridden and her most common view was herself, making her body the perfect canvas for her paintings. I continue this tradition of placing new ideas on Frida, using her image as a recognizable, and iconic female artist who many people relate to, to express ideas of enlightenment, compassion, religion and joy. Each painting I create of Frida comes from the same photograph by Nickolas Muray but as you can see, each face has its own expression that develops through my meditative process of creating a painting.